Quantum of Solace

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Violent, stealthy action game designed for Bond fans.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 31 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Bond is a bit of a womanizer but it doesn't come through too much in this game. However, he is a secret agent who acts outside of the law, including shooting his enemies in the head and fighting his way through numerous situations.

Violence

No blood, but players can kill enemies with a shot to the head or body or engage in hand-to-hand combat. Weapons are realistic but high-tech.

Sex
Language

Some potentially offensive words such as "damn", "damn it", and "hell".

Consumerism

This is a game based on the movie of the same name as well as Casino Royale and is a way of marketing the 007 brand. Blatant product placements including Sony Vaio laptops and Sony/Ericcson Cybershot phones.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In a cut-scene Bond can be seen sipping a martini ("shaken not stirred.")

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this James Bond game contains much of the same content as the films it's based upon -- including gunplay, mild language, and alcohol references. Some parents, however, might deem in less appropriate since players actually pull the trigger and use fists against enemies as opposed to watching the hero do it onscreen. Plus, it's recommended to shoot at an enemy's head to take him down quietly opposed to running and gunning noisily.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjazzmaster13 January 30, 2009

Fairly easy FPS, very tame

The newest installment of the Bond series of video games, I found it to be tame in every aspect. There is no blood in it, and the language is fine. The question... Continue reading
Adult Written byHines5 December 18, 2011

Great

The best game ever, but not for under 9 years.
Teen, 15 years old Written byapple boy 2 September 9, 2009

FINE

it is a basic shooter with no blood, its T, its FINE
Kid, 10 years old September 20, 2009

good for 12 and up kids

its a good game and no blood

What's it about?

The latest movie-to-game adaptation? Bond. James Bond. Based on the movie of the same name, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, as well as the prior 007 flick, Casino Royale, this covert spy game lets players slip into the shoes of James Bond and use stealth and cunning to take down enemies with high-tech weaponry or hand-to-hand combat.

The relatively short single-player campaign (lasting only about 4 to 5 hours) has gamers navigate through dangerous locations based on (or inspired by) these films primarily from a first-person perspective (like the 007: Goldeneye game on the Nintendo 64). When taking cover behind an object, however, the camera pulls out to a third-person view to better see the environment including the thugs firing at you. Your pistol, with silencer, will get the most action in this game, and if you want to minimize your chances of being detected, you'll aim for a bullet to the head of your enemies, disable security cameras, and find important items. Along with the solo mode are a handful of multiplayer options with unique maps that add to the game's longevity and replayability.

Is it any good?

Quantum of Solace is a very good "B" title that's definitely worth a weekend rental if you're a fan of James Bond or stealthy action games. It looks great, thanks to the renowned Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare engine, delivering high-definition characters that resemble Daniel Craig and Dame Judy Dench (and impressive cut-scene sequences) as well as good-looking environments, such as trains, Venetian courtyards, rooftops and a museum.

Quantum of Solace doesn't really offer anything new to the genre, plus the short single-player campaign might disappoint those looking for something meatier, but the faithful 007 experience with recognizable characters and locations and many multiplayer modes make it a worthy adventure.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether releasing this game at the same time as Quantum of Solace movie comes out is shameless, well-timed marketing or is it fulfilling fans' desire to play as James Bond? Perhaps a little of both?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Price: $30-60
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Activision
  • Release date: November 4, 2008
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Violence

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